About Me

This is the obligatory About Me section. I don't want to update this basically ever, so I'm going to try to post things that are and always will be true.

My name is Alison. I was born in 1983. My eyes and my favorite color are both blue. I love my family, hockey, and Star Wars. Hockey = ice hockey, the other kinds don't count because I grew up in and still live in the state of hockey, Minnesota.

I have a BA in Asian Studies and studied abroad in China. Now I work as an academic technologist. I have a husband, two daughters, two cats, and a dog. Our house is rarely quiet.

I have an anxiety disorder and often refer to it by the personification of the thought monkey. My understanding of this disorder is always evolving.

I made my first website on Geocities back in the stone age. There were animated gifs and everything. The 90s were pretty awesome. Unless you were born in them, in which case, get off my lawn. (just kidding, I love "90s kids", they make me feel old like a really big sister or babysitter or something)

That's some stuff about me. Feel free to comment on the blog to ask questions and get to know me better.

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  1. Hey Allison!

    You have a cool blog and terrific posts! Definitely going to follow and sign up for emails. Heck, you love hockey and star wars? You sound like the perfect woman!

    Thanks for dropping by my blog!


  2. Hey, Just watched you TEDx video. truly amazing.

  3. My husband has been trying to learn everything he can about anxiety disorder/panic attacks in order to better understand what I go through on a regular basis, and in turn try to help be more supportive and helpful. He found your video about it, and told me. I just watched it. I knew I wasn't alone, but there's not many people around me who understand it. Needless to say, I made a good pile of tissues while watching the video. I never realized there was so many people suffering from this. I am going to fight this. I don't know how, but I will. Thank you.

  4. Thank you for your Tedx video. My daughter who is 16 now has had panic attacks since 2nd grade, maybe sooner since I was not quite so open minded in my youth. I have made my life's work to try and understand and help my daughter in everything she goes through and her daily work to be that horrible word "normal". I appreciate you sharing what you go through in your talk. Thank you.